Green Living with Philodendrons: A Starter Guide

Green Living with Philodendrons: A Starter Guide

Are you looking to add a touch of green to your living space with a striking and easy-to-care-for plant? A philodendron might just be your perfect match.

In this guide, we'll explore the basics of philodendron care and the various philodendron types to help you find the right one for your home or office.

Exploring Types of Philodendron 

There is a fascinating array of philodendron types to consider. 

But how many types of philodendrons are there?

With over 450 species, the variety is immense, ranging from climbing vines to non-climbers.

Some popular types include:

  • Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron Scandens). Known for its heart-shaped, vibrant green leaves, it's perfect for hanging baskets or as a climbing plant.

  • Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa: This plant is prized for its unique split leaves, which add an exotic and tropical flair to any indoor setting.

  • Swiss Cheese Plant (Philodendron Monstera Adansonii): This type is beloved for its distinctive leaves that feature oval-shaped holes, giving it a "swiss cheese" appearance. It thrives in a hanging pot, which allows its leaves to cascade beautifully.

  • Fiddleleaf Philodendron (Philodendron Bipennifolium): This type is recognizable by its large, fiddle-shaped leaves and makes a bold statement in any room.

  • Red-leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Erubescens). With its dark green leaves and deep red undersides, it adds a pop of colour to your plant collection.

Choosing the Right Philodendron

When selecting a philodendron, consider the following:

  • Assess the Location. Determine where the plant will live. Climbing philodendrons are great for vertical spaces like walls or trellises.

  • Consider Non-Climbers. Non-climbing philodendrons are ideal for flat surfaces such as desks or shelves.

  • Evaluate Environmental Conditions. Check your home's light, space, and humidity levels to ensure they match the needs of the philodendron type you choose.

Understanding Philodendron Care

Philodendrons are beloved for their versatility and minimal care requirements.

Here's a straightforward guide on how to care for a philodendron:

  • Light. These plants thrive in moderate to bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can scorch their leaves, so finding a spot where the sun is filtered is ideal.

  • Water. Watering is crucial yet simple. Philodendrons prefer slightly moist soil so it's best to water them when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

  • Humidity. As tropical plants, they enjoy a humid environment. Regular misting or a humidity tray can keep them happy.

  • Feeding. During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your philodendron every 4-6 weeks. Use a balanced liquid fertilizer that will promote health and growth.

  • Pruning. Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of your philodendron. Remove any yellow or dead leaves and trim back overly long vines to encourage bushier growth and better air circulation around the plant.

  • Potting and Repotting. Philodendrons generally prefer to be slightly root-bound, but they should be repotted every few years to refresh the soil and provide more room for growth. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one and has good drainage.

Caring for a philodendron adds beauty and a touch of nature to your space. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a novice, philodendron care is manageable and rewarding.

Philodendrons are a perfect blend of beauty and practicality, offering an array of types to suit any interior décor while being easy to care for. With their air-purifying qualities and stunning variety, these plants can elevate any beginner's or enthusiast's indoor garden.

Inspired to bring a philodendron into your life? Visit Terra Plants and Flowers today and choose from our extensive range of philodendron plants.